Dwight Hall's Student Executive Committee (ExComm) is devastated and outraged by the recent killings of Black people in this country. George Floyd should be alive today. Breonna Taylor should be alive today. Ahmaud Arbery should be alive today. Countless victims of racist and anti-Black violence should be alive today. We hope that they all rest in peace, and we pray for their loved ones.
No amount of grief can bring back those innocent lives, and
nothing will change unless WE ALL fight for change
. As such, ExComm stands in solidarity with protesters in Minneapolis and nationwide that actively confront an unacceptable status quo. There can be no peace until the four police officers -- Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao, and J Alexander Kueng -- are arrested and charged for the murder of George Floyd, and there's accountability for all acts of police brutality.
Injustice has plagued this country since its inception. Systemic racism devastates lives every day, as evidenced by disproportionate rates of incarceration and COVID-19 deaths in Black communities. Dwight Hall is committed to opposing systemic racism, and its violent outputs, in all of its forms.
As Dr. Cornel West
, "Can you imagine this kind of lynching taking place and people are indifferent, people don't care, people are callous?" There's strength in numbers and
your voice is needed to foster a better society
. Never be indifferent to hate.
Below, you will find some ways to take action.
Yours in service,
Dwight Hall Student Executive Committee